Assemblyman Robin Schimminger Sponsors Free BPO Concert Slated for July 9 at Niawanda Park

June 20, 2017

Albany, NY – Local residents will be able to pull up a lawn chair and hear a world class orchestra – the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – perform a free, outdoor summer concert right in their own backyard.

The concert, which is made possible through the sponsorship of Assemblyman Robin Schimminger will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the David L. Miller Memorial Bandshell in Niawanda Park, located along the Niagara River in the City of Tonawanda.

This is the third year the concert has been made possible through the sponsorship of Schimminger.

“Everyone should feel welcome to come out and enjoy the sounds of summer,” said Schimminger, noting that last year’s concert drew quite a crowd. “The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is a world-class symphony. I am very pleased to have been able to secure this funding, so that the talents of these outstanding musicians can be displayed along the banks of the Niagara right here in our own community.”

The concert will be conducted by Stefan Sanders, who leads performances on the Classics and Pops as well as Education and Family concerts. Music will be performed from the Star Wars movies as well as the musical “Singing in the Rain,” among other numbers.

“It’s so much fun to lead these summer parks programs,” said Stefan Sanders, BPO resident conductor. “It’s a quintessential summer experience for a lot of people. They bring their picnics and their lawn chairs, the kids are playing while they listen. It’s a great way to experience music. We love having the chance to come directly to our audience and to highlight Western New York’s natural beauty. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger’s support makes it possible for us to return to Niawanda Park, where we’ve gotten a warm welcome the past two summers, and we look forward to performing there again.”

The Niawanda Park concert is part of the orchestra’s “Free Concerts in the Parks” series this summer. The concerts allow the orchestra to break away from its more traditional venues in concert halls and bring music to parks.

Schimminger added, “I am excited to be able to fund the upcoming BPO concert. I am always happy to be able to assist this region’s cultural groups in their ventures to keep the arts alive and doubly happy to be able to do so here in our community.”

For more information, visit the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Web site.